Monty Panesar previews the upcoming 5th Ashes Test
Panesar was speaking to Cricket World in conjunction with William Hill.
Monty Panesar began talking about what has gone wrong for England so far in this Ashes series:
"The first thing I think that went against them, they should have highlighted the importance of the battle between Stuart Broad and David Warner.
I go back to my Brisbane analogy, I think Stuart Broad averages mid 20s, he's taken 12 wickets. Regardless of conditions if you are bowling well at a particular ground, you automatically choose a player especially somebody like Stuart Broad.
His ability as at Sydney, what he did, around the wicket he got the wicket and apparently they said David Warner averages in the 50+ around the wicket against the seamer, so in Australia they thought that wouldn't be an option.
I think there is too much laptop thinking going on, if he keeps getting him out early, he's dismissed him thirteen times already and that would have been a huge moment of any Test match.
For England to start any test match well, it was all about Stuart Broad getting David Warner out around the wicket and that would have been the way of getting an upper hand. It's going to be interesting to see once the series is over what explanations they will give about that, especially after Sydney.
I think also choosing players, the Brisbane test match even when they won the toss we all knew they should have bowled first. I think they got the team selection right at Sydney but then Ashes are gone now it was 3-0.
Maybe the clarity of thinking is a lot easier once there isn't the competition, that hype, but how do you respond when you're at the start of a test series. Will they make better decisions when it comes to games against West Indies, and over the summer against New Zealand and South Africa.
I think it will be interesting to see what kind of teams they select for those test matches."
Panesar also spoke on the fight England showed in the 4th Test and now transitioning that to the final one:
"I think England will be buoyant about the whole display of how they showed the fight and resilience, it was formidable to see the likes of Johnny Bairstow showing the counter attacking nature as a batsmen.
I hope Bairstow now thinks that's who he is as a batsmen, if he's looking to save a test match or tough conditions that mentality of putting the pressure onto the bowlers.
It could just be in good positions, you bowl a bad ball and I'm gonna put that away. I think that's Bairstows template for test cricket, he's got a lot of character and put's a lot of pressure back on bowlers. I hope he doesn't forget now, that's Johnny Bairstow.
Even the character shown by Ben Stokes, he's injured but that was really good to see.
Let's be honest there a few structural and systematically within English cricket, at least when Chris Silverwood joins the team at Hobart he will know that it's a slightly different environment. I would say this is more of a victory for England after they've been absolutely thrashed over the last few test matches."
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